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Goodbye, Summer ... Hello, Savings

Summer may be made for relaxing, but if your lazy days included letting your financial goals slip, now’s the time to start getting back on track.


Helping Your College Student With Money Matters

Setting and sticking to a budget, making smart use of credit, cashing in on discounts and deals: college students have plenty of financial lessons to learn. Start them off on the right track with these tips.


Do's and Don'ts of Online Vacation Rental Sites

Whether you’re booking a vacation villa or making some extra cash by welcoming paying guests into your home, you’ll want to take steps to protect your investment.


Choosing (and Using) the Most Rewarding Credit Card

Before you accept another credit card offer, be sure to choose the rewards program that best fits your lifestyle and goals.


Take Steps Toward Financial Independence This 4th of July

As Independence Day approaches, plan toward letting your financial freedom ring.

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How to Budget for Home Renovations

Before you start picking out tile and collecting paint chips, be sure you know how much your project will cost.


Building Credit 101: Tips for Recent Grads

Your diploma represents a vital step on the road to success. Next up: establishing a good credit history.


Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green

Invest in home improvements that benefit the environment (and your budget) year-round.


4 Reasons to Buy a Home This Spring

It’s not just temperatures and tulips that are on the rise these days. Interest in home buying is way up, too.


Are You Paying Too Much Property Tax?

Errors in your home’s assessment could cost you big time. Here’s how to make sure all the facts line up.

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4 Ways to Snag an Extra Tax Break

Don’t miss out on these lesser-known credits and deductions.


Risk-Free Accounts for Your Home Down Payment

You’re working hard to save up for a home. Stash your nest egg in an account that gives you peace of mind.


Winter Weather Home Care

Don’t let Old Man Winter harm your home. A few extra maintenance tasks can keep you covered until spring arrives.

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Could High-End Amenities Make Your Home Harder to Sell?

Spa-like bathrooms and huge master closets are good investments, but steer clear of amenities that won’t bring a good return.

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5 Ways to (Really) Save for a Down Payment

Forget skipping your daily latte. That tired tip will get you nowhere. Fast-track your way to homeownership with these tips for saving big.

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